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Wayne Arthur Olsen 1937-2015
On December 24, we were saddened to learn that we had lost a true pillar of our Club. Wayne Olsen recently celebrated his 20th year of service to the Bremerton Central Lions, and was our King Lion in 1999-2000; however his contributions to the Bremerton community did not stop there. In addition to his work with the Lions his volunteer efforts included 40 years with the Bremerton Elks and he was elected District 15 Fire Commissioner for 29 years. Finally, he served on the City Council for six years, one of those concurrent with his year as King Lion.
For all his selfless efforts to improve his community, Wayne will be most remembered for his congenial and approchable personality. Because of this, he was someone you were eager to help, and everyone felt better when he was around. If you were in one of his groups or on one of his committees, you considered yourself fortunate, indeed.
Among others, he is survived by Ethel, his wife of 54 years and by his cousin and fellow Lion, Lorraine "Missey" Olsen. We'll always remember you, Wayne; and always miss you.
ABOUT THE LIONS
The Lions Motto is “We Serve." For 89 years our Club's members have followed this mandate through the creation and support of a wide variety of facilities and service projects.
While Sight is the major institutional goal of Lionism, our bylaws also direct us to take an active interest in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of our community.
We welcome membership interest from any man or woman of legal majority, good moral character and community reputation who recognizes Lions as a vehicle through which they can make a contribution to the community, expand their acquaintances and make some wonderful friends.
The Lions are the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.3 million members. The members of our club represent all walks of life: employees, business people and retirees - male and female members. Though we come from every corner of the social, economic and religious spectrum, we are united in our desire to provide aid and support to those in our community who are in need. If you are motivated to offer help to your neighbors who can benefit from it, you will find many opportunities for personal fulfillment by joining with us.
RECENT EVENTS: Due to a temporary (I sure hope so ... ) lapse of attention on the part of your webmaster, there have been two significant Club fundraisers in recent months that have yet to be reported on here; so in the interest of "better late than never," here are the results:
28th Annual Dinner and Auction
On November 7th, the Bremerton Central Lions Charitable Foundation returned to the Admiral Theatre for their 28th Annual Dinner and Auction. There were a few changes from years past: the silent auction was replaced by a balloon pop and a destination raffle (7 nights in a location of your choice) was held in lieu of the 50-50 raffle. Although the attendance was less than desired and expected, the mood was buoyant and the results were terrific, thanks in part to our outstanding presenters, MC Frank Shiers and auctioneer Brian Orwiler; and to our loyal supporters in the Bremerton area. Of course, underlying those contributor's endeavors was the consistent work throughout the year of the stalwart Club members who formed the planning committee for the event. All worked together to produce $24,000 of net profit for the Foundation. Based on the success of the event, the Foundation contributed $20,000 to the auction's Fund-a-Need recipient: The Admiral Theatre's effort to install an electronic marquee - to replace the current manual marquee. Not resting on our laurels, the planning has already begun for next year's event.
OK, it's the City of Bremerton that hosts the Blackberry Festival every Labor Day weekend but everyone knows that the livliest booth on the Boardwalk is where the Bremerton Central Lions sell their world famous Blackberry Slugs. And this year, the action was in the highest gear yet seen as our slug-hawking Lions had to drop their tarp and close up shop several hours early on all three days, as we ran out of doughnuts before closing time. All told, the weekend netted $3,000 for our community. Three cheers for Committee Chairman Richard Huddy for his organization and energy that made it work!
Kure Sister City Exchange Students Farewell Party
On August 19th we bid farewell to the three exchange students from Kure, Japan, after a one month stay with local host families in the Bremerton area. The gathering was hosted by Bob and Pam Battin at their home. You could say that it was also a welcome home party for the three Bremerton students, who had recently returned from their stay in Kure. Also in attendance were several young adults from Bremerton who themselves are former exchange students to Kure; and they started things by telling us about their experience in Kure, and how they have benefitted from it. All six of this year's students were then greeted by King Lion Margie Torbron; and all of them offered their gratutude for the opportunity afforded them by the City of Bremerton and our Lions Club. Both groups then performed a song in the language of their hosts ... by far the hit of the day. Everyone had a grand ole time! Here are some images from the festivities:
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